District Agrees: Slavery Film "Inappropriate" for Fourth Graders

Class at Greeley School was shown "The Middle Passage" last week

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    Film depicts atrocities that occurred on slave ship sailing from Africa to New World. (Published Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2011)

    A new policy is in place in Winnetka schools after a group of fourth graders last week were shown a graphic movie depicting the atrocities that occurred on a slave ship sailing from Africa to the New World.

    "There is no question it is inappropriate," one of District 36's interim co-superintendents told parents at a meeting Tuesday evening, according to TribLocal Winnetka/Northfield.

    In the future, films that are not rated "G" will be screened by a school's principal and a group of teachers to gain approval before being shown to students.

    The change in police comes after a class at Greeley School were shown "The Middle Passage," sparking outrage among some parents who said the film's depictions of death, violence and rape was too intense for their children.